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Old 08-24-2011, 12:41 AM   #1
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Is this light any good????

I am thinking of converting my 29 gallon standard fish tank to saltwater. Would this light be good for a FOWLR? I would eventually want some corals but not at the beginning. Is this something that I would have to upgrade if I wanted corals? Sorry for all the questions but this would be my first saltwater tank.

24" INCH HO QUAD T5 AQUARIUM CORAL LIGHTS FIXTURE 96W | eBay

Also, could I use this now with my 2 electric blue dempseys?

Maybe this one????

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seems pretty good to me.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:10 AM   #3
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Any answers to my questions??? Anyone? anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
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I had a 30" fixture on my straight 29 you might wanna look into one of those. But yes, that light look to be a good entry level fixture.
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I didnt even measure the tank. So, a 30" is a better fit? Is this one high enough wattage to do corals, or would I have to upgrade? Also, might get the light before changing the tank over, would it be ok for my dempseys?
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I also have a ton of Texas Holy rock (lace rock) from my freshwater tanks. Will that work for base rock?
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If its a standard 29g then it should be 30 inches wide. I would go with a size appropriate light so that you have complete coverage.

I wouldnt put the holey rock in the saltwater tank if it's been in a fw tank, but thats just my opinion. Other may chime in if they have done it successfully.

base rock runs about $2.50 a lbs o its not a big expense. reefcleaners had 50 lbs recently for $105 with free shipping.

I currently am running dual t5's over my 125g cichlid tank, I even have the actinics going. It makes the fish colors pop, at least to me anyways. lol

But yeah, a 4 bulb t5 like theone you listed would allow you to keep a good selection of corals. If you wanted to get into anenomes and clams it might be a different story though. Individually reflected bulbs are a big plus in a marine fixture, it can make a HUGE difference. So if you are shopping around see if thats an option.
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Thanks Carey, that is a big help. As far as a using a canister filter, is that a good option for this tank? I have a brand new ehiem 2217 that has never been used. I assume I would have to change the filter media that came with it?
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I run a canister on my 55g still and have had 0 issues with it. The only potential problem is if you dont clean it regularly it will become a nitrate factory. I used to clean mine every 2 weeks and kept 0 nitrates.

I use filter polishing pads, biomax and carbon in mine. The carbon is questionable though, some people don't use it but I prefer to have some in it. I am not familiar with the ehiem though so I dont know if it has trays or prefitted media. if it has trays then its easy peezy. lol
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Gonna buy one of these two light. Which would you buy? Using it for my 29 gallon. Am going to change it to FOWLR and eventually small reef.

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